Dear readers and digital wanderers,

we are happy to announce that we were able to stockpile our Android app portfolio this summer.

We want to tease and celebrate this announcement with the following screen shots:

Kryptowiki is one of our youngest projects and mainly a Wiki powered by Mediawiki software; the same software which runs the popular Wikipedia, but fully dedicated to cryptocurrencies.

It is intended to be a valuable encyclopedia for German speaking interested persons and parties. We had a huge problem in finding such a resource back in the days (it didn’t exist), took all of our expertise and created it in 2017 on our own. Find more information about this project on our “Where?” page.

What this Android app does here is not only bringing Kryptowiki to all those millions of Android devices in the world but mainly to be a companion for tracking and creating/editing the wiki pages from anywhere you are with your smartphone and tablet.

Find the features of this app as an overview here:

* optimised for Android 8.1 (Oreo)
* compatible down to Android 2.x (Froyo)
* App is themed: that means in colors and style it is based on the web project
* fancy, asymmetric and semi-transparent app icon
* main features completely usable within the app: login, watch list and random article
* built-in button for manual updating
* Menu navigation in German, English, as well as in the languages ​​of all German Neighbouring Countries: Danish, French, Italian, Luxembourgish, Dutch, Polish, Czech
* Chromebook support
* Lightweight: App is less than 900KB

As with all our apps it’s available via the official Google Play store too: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.kryptowiki&hl=en_US.

We hope you enjoy this app as much as we do and wish you all the best in creating and contributing to one of the most exciting free & open encyclopedias of our century,
all the best,
the aethyx staff


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Dear readers & customers,

for us at AETHYX MEDIAE it’s time to celebrate this month:

as of August the 8th 2018, we counted the 1,000,000th visitor at our oldest project, cipha.net!

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It’s amazing in regarding the fact that we installed this counter back in 2006, when we ported the project from Greymatter to WordPress. Unfortunately, because this was an indie underground project, we never had the mood, time or resources to count visitors from 2001 on, when the project went live, to the aforementioned date.

What’s interesting too is: the number mentioned and the counter which you can still see live in action on the website on the lower right corner, these are really visitors, not page views. In this day and age both KPIs (key performance indicators) are confused very often. What a pity, the web is 27 years old now…

In page views, we are nearing the five million mark: right now it’s showing us 4,915,471.

We still want to thank anyone who still visits this intergalactic anthology antiquity!

As you may have read on our Where? page, we shut down the blog and released all of its content in eBooks, in 2017 also in books on demand via Amazon.

To be honest and that’s what impresses us even more here: cipha.net isn’t our first project to reach the infamous one million visitors mark.

The first project which achieved this milestone for us was zockerseele.com, our video game blog. It happened on April the 11th, 2011.

The counter here was implemented right from the start in 2005, shortly after we aquired the URL and published the system along with its first entry. So what we see here as counter data in the first sidebar is really what’s rolling in since the project was born.

zockerseele.com will also be our first project to reach the 2,000,000 visitors milestone. Right now we’re at 1,955,981. And due to financial and time problems we almost update nothing there anymore. In page views, zockerseele.com is even more impressing: 17,655,816. Never in our dreams would we have imagined to do a “no budget web project” with such figures…

We don’t know when but the party will be joined by gizmeo.eu, our gadget blog, as the counter there is somewhere in the 250,000s. As you may have read between the lines above this may take ages.

But hey, that’s how indie projects work! <3

Today we’re going to celebrate a little: if you like join us in Lisbon, most of the time you’ll find us roaming the streets around Bairro Alto or Costa da Caparica. We’re even sometimes visiting the small beaches in Cascais when we’re drunk, haha! Well, due to the fact that we have to get there by train this doesn’t happen very often. Of course we can’t guarantee that we’re still alive when you see or meet us but we’re living the indie dream and touching is explicitly allowed! <3 Just be prepared for a incalculable reaction. 😉

AETHYX MEDIAE.

We’re:

The Million Makers.

Nice to meet you!

Time to book us: info@aethyx.eu.

Sincerely,
get drunk already,
the aethyx staff


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Owncloud to Nextcloud migration at AETHYX MEDIAE

Dear readers & customers,

we are happy to inform you about our successful transition regarding our cloud services from ownCloud to Nextcloud!

We implemented the Nextcloud software on our servers back in May and tested our configuration heavily. In the meantime all of our ownCloud cloud customers were migrated with all of their data to Nextcloud and informed via an Email about the new URL. We encountered zero problems in migrating the data of our clients. We will disable ownCloud the following weeks completely. Please don’t forget to change your client software on your smartphones and tablets.

For you as a client there won’t be any additional change.

It will be the next generation cloud software for you with no additional cost and the included services stay the same too. We will be sure you will notice fewer bugs as well as moderate speed enhancements. And who knows which feature we’ll implement next for you. Stay tuned!

As an overview, we’ll also update the product page in the next couple of days: just visit https://aethyx.eu/eshop/cloud-services/ for more information.

We hope you enjoy our services and would welcome it if you tell your friends about our offers too!

Happy heat waving 2018,
the aethyx staff


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Dear readers,

we at AETHYX MEDIAE believe strongly in the Ethereum project initiated by Vitalik Buterin. In fact we think it’s the hottest candidate for “Project of the 21. century”. We currently don’t know if such a contest even exists but want to support the project as of now our way.

Official Ethereum logo
The official logo taken from https://www.ethereum.org/assets

Thus, after implementing an option to support Bitcoin in 2014, as of now it will be possible to support AETHYX MEDIAE via Ether donations directly.

We will roll out the donation buttons on our most popular medium first, gizmeo.eu. Afterwards we will implement it here, on aethyx.eu, as well as on all our other projects onwards.

As we couldn’t find a pre-made button for our intentions we made one inhouse ourselves.

Well, two in fact, as we couldn’t decide for the naming. So one of them just says ethereum, the other says donate ether, both in using the official font “Print clearly” which we found out via reddit here.

We also decided to share both buttons with the world. ^^

You can download them here as well find an official README.md document: https://gitlab.com/aethyx/opensource/tree/master/Ethereum%20buttons.

Features:

  • using official font “Print clearly”
  • official Ethereum logo, it’s just a resized version to fit the button
  • official background colour #ECF0F1
  • beveled button
  • two versions available
  • *.png file extension
  • size 110x20px
  • CC BY-SA 4.0

We tried hard to stick to the official visual identity guideline as much as possible.

We hope you enjoy! Made with <3 in Europe!

All the bestest,
the aethyx staff


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Data use in context

Dear readers,

it may sound like an unsexy topic but it’s an important one for sure: as of today, May 25th 2018, the EU law GDPR takes full effect.

This law was written down two years ago already and is primarly designed to fine corporations or institutions for a lot of money if these don’t comply to data protection standards.

What sounds like a good thing for the individual is a nightmare for small publishers or freelancers like us here at AETHYX MEDIAE.

Nevertheless we agree totally with the EU intentions and thus decided to implement special features for users to voluntarily opt-out of data collections services.

At AETHYX MEDIAE we are using the following services which use cookies and thus should all provide an opt-out possibility by default:

  • Google Adsense: for targeted advertising on all of our commercial websites
  • Adshot: an Adsense clone which we use for research purposes as well as an alternative to Google Adsense
  • Matomo (formerly Piwik): for website analytics like where do our users come from, which browsers they use, etc.

We already published all of this information on our contact page for years: https://aethyx.eu/contact/

What’s new here is now an option to opt-out from Matomo, the website analytics, with a click of a checkbox.

For Google Adsense as well as Adshot we’re still missing this option. It’s not our fault, neither Google nor Adshot are currently able to provide a convenient opt-out option. The only thing we can do at the moment is to promise to implement this option when it will be made publicly available. We don’t think it will take very long as we are sure advertising agencies will know what lies ahead of them if they don’t comply.

All in all it’s definitely a good thing for the future of individual data rights. Some may curse the EU for these restrictions. We at AETHYX MEDIAE deeply believe that Europe did a great job in protecting human rights. It’s a pity there exists a panic at the moment when this law exists since April 2016 already. Thank your government if you feel uninformed here.

Thank you for using our sites and services.

Kindest regards,
the aethyx staff


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